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Communication--Public Speaking: How to's & Tips

Outlines Explained

An outline is:

  • A logical, general description
  • A schematic summary
  • An organizational pattern
  • A visual and conceptual design of your writing

The Purpose

  • Aids in the process of writing
  • Helps you organize your ideas
  • Presents your material in a logical form
  • Shows the relationships among ideas in your writing
  • Constructs an ordered overview of your writing
  • Defines boundaries and groups

The Process

Before you begin:

  • Determine the purpose of your paper.
  • Determine the audience you are writing for.
  • Develop the thesis of your paper.

Then:

  • Brainstorm: List all the ideas that you want to include in your paper.
  • Organize: Group related ideas together.
  • Order: Arrange material in subsections from general to specific or from abstract to concrete.
  • Label: Create main and sub headings.

Research Process Overview

Presentation Practice Room

The Presentation Practice Room may be used by current students to practice a speech or presentation.  Recording, saving, and viewing the presentation are available options.  Reserve the room for a specific time by visiting the library's Circulation Desk, or call (810) 762-0401.

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